Bottom of the Hill
Nearly every rock-and-roll-loving teenager dreams of putting together a band, and while many do, most never make it beyond mom and dad's garage. But a group of James Lick high school students managed not only to make it out of the garage, they've played gigs across the Bay Area, from Blake's to the Elbo Room. Led by frontman Greg Fleischut, The Audiophiles have been making unpretentious and fun indie rock for two years. Now, with graduation behind them and college on the horizon, they'll play their last show at Bottom of the Hill this Saturday ($10, 10pm), opening for Apside and Off Campus, before heading off to record a final album in England.
Oh, what a difference two years can make. After gathering praise hither and yon for Dandelion Gum (Graveface, 2007) -- and making a massive impression on many a skull at South by Southwest 2008 with the combined assault of balloons, confetti and electronic-dappled noise jams -- the Pittsburgh, Penn., psychedelic experimentalists of Black Moth Super Rainbow say they’ve vaulted into a new hi-fi realm with the new Eating Us (Graveface).
California's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), who make the rules when it comes venues and alcohol in the city, are now targeting the city's all-ages clubs and threatening to shut them down. Bottom of the Hill, Slim's, Cafe Du Nord, Great American Music Hall and even the Fillmore are under fire from ABC for non-compliance with rules that club lawyers say are outside of the scope of written law, what club licenses say, and have nothing to do with safety or alcohol. For example, ABC recently declared that all-ages clubs must sell as much food as they do alcohol. Right, because we've been going to Great American for the food all these years.
Amongst a mellow head bobbing crowd, there's always a few showing off their spasm-like dance skills, thrusting their shoulders and flinging their hair close enough to smell what shampoo they use. Then again, personal space doesn't exist at standing room only shows, so a scuff on your new kicks is usually excused and well worth the sacrifice when FMTM is headlining.
Sitting through three opening bands in anticipation of a show’s main act shouldn’t be a chore, as it was at last night’s Noise Pop show at Bottom of the Hill. Ears ringing and head spinning after Kings & Queens and Dallas-based True Widow, local act the Lumerians saved the audience from calling it an early night with their organ-laden psych-synth sound and bongo beats—the perfect foreplay to Sleepy Sun’s power performance.
Sleepy Sun, who've already been picked up by the indie music hype machine, are poised to become one of the darlings of this year's Noise Pop festival. We ventured to their Outer Sunset apartment yesterday to catch up with the five guys (minus Rachel) and talk music, inspiration and cats (they have a surprising fascination with cats).
The Fleet Foxes have had quite a year. We knew they were something else when the hype machine made it near impossible to score tickets to their Bottom of the Hill show last Spring (maybe one of the most amazing shows of last year). Then they played the Treasure Island Music Festival, drawing Jack White out from his trailer to watch the magic. They’ve secured the coveted number 1 spot on Pitchfork’s Best Albums of 2008, and this Saturday, will join the short list of indie label bands to perform on SNL. They’ll be performing “Blue Ridge Mountains,” (which Pitchfork crowned the